A combination of softer ground and 8lbs more weight to shoulder means that repeating last year's win will be tough for Barney McGrew and preference is for WALVIS BAY. Thomas Tate believes that his gelding is better with some ease in the ground, but despite that he was up to the task of winning a Ripon handicap when dropped back to this trip on fast ground last time. He is 8lbs higher today himself, but he can find the necessary improvement. Rasaman looks a threat with trip and ground to suit, while a return to form for Strike Up The Band could be on the cards from a mark of 90. Glamorous Spirit has frame claims but wants the ground to dry up and Walvis Bay gets the vote.
Barney McGrew (IRE) 28-1 (9-7) Chased leader, hard ridden 2f out, weakened quickly, last of 9, 26l behind Regal Parade (9-3) at Newbury 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Captain Dunne (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Slight lead, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 7th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Borderlescott (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd in Jul.
Sir Gerry (USA) 33-1 (9-6) Behind centre, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 7th of 28, 4 1/2l behind Evens And Odds (8-10) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Hamish McGonagall 8-1 (9-10) Raced center, with leaders, ridden to lead overall over 1f out until headed by winner 1f out, still led center group until inside final furlong, kept on, 6th of 19, 3l behind Masamah (9-1) at Ascot 5f hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Damien (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 20, 2 1/2l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-0) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Quest For Success (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Raced stands side, in touch, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon led stands side group, overall leader until headed by far-side group entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 17, 2l behind Damika (8-10) at Ripon 6f hcap (2) gs.
Glamorous Spirit (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Chased leaders near side, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened quickly over 1f out, 14th of 15, 12l behind Borderlescott (9-0) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd in Jul.
Judge 'n Jury 14-1 (9-10) Went right start, with leaders on outside, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 10l behind Prohibit (9-12) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Hotham 20-1 (9-6) Settled in mid-division, driven and headway halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, all out, won at York 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul beating Discanti (8-13) by shd, 14 ran.
Tabaret 10-1 (9-10) Raced centre, with leaders, driven to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd beating Doctor Parkes (9-9) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Strike Up The Band 14-1 (8-10) Led, headed halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 15l behind Favourite Girl (8-4) at Ayr 5f hcap (2) sft in Jul.
Cheveton 15-2 (9-0) Dwelt, held up, never a factor, 7th of 10, 5l behind Caledonia Princess (8-2) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Haajes 15-2 (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, caught last strides, 3rd of 8, hd behind Captain Scooby (8-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul.
Saucy Brown (IRE) 50-1 (9-6) Raced centre, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 26th of 27, 17l behind Joseph Henry (9-1) at Goodwood 6f hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Oldjoesaid 33-1 (9-8) Raced centre, held up and always behind, 22nd of 27, 9l behind Joseph Henry (9-1) at Goodwood 6f hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Rasaman (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Towards rear, headway and not much room entering final furlong, soon squeezed through gap, shaken up, stayed on well to lead towards finish, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Green Park (9-2) by 1l, 9 ran.
Walvis Bay (IRE) 15-8fav (9-2) Made all and always travelling well, shaken up and came clear inside final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Ripon 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Secret Millionaire (9-6) by 2l, 7 ran.